Aquiva Foundation is providing sustainable desalination solutions to fight the growing water crises resulting from the depletion of sweet water resources in the developing world.
A solution for the world's water problem
Showcased on a Maldivian island
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The water crisis
Destruction of coastal aquifers and groundwater
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Aquiva Foundation Marks Two-Year Anniversary Of A Sustainable Desalination Plant In The Maldives
We chose an environment with very difficult operating conditions to test the strength and reliability of our system. We are very exited about the sustainable performance of the plant...
Wasser für die Malediven
Die Malediven, ein Paradies auf Erden. Zumindest für gut betuchte Besucher oder die Besitzer der Resorts auf den Touristeninseln mag das zutreffen, für die durchschnittliche Bevölkerung eher weniger.
Global Water Intelligence
Gulhi Water Plant Shortlisted
The Maldives are at the forefront of the fight against climate change: one meter of rise in sea levels would obliterate the entire country. But they rely on diesel generators for their electricity and water supply….
Filter + Seperation
Paradise found: Maldives Drinking Water is Produced from Waste Heat
The tiny island of Gulhi in the Maldives has gained what is claimed to be the world´s first desalination unit which utilizes waste heat to……..
.NET Development Journal
Operating Data from Memsys Technology Installation Shows Energy Positive Desalination, with Net Energy Production
Water Desalination Report
Distiller Improves Generator Efficiency
After three full month of operation, Florian Bollen told WDR that small , potable water treatment plant on the Maldivian Island of Gulhi has succeeded in producing “ energy positive desalination” for the islands….
Water & Wastes Digest
Success in the Maldives
Gulhi, which measures approximately 600 by 300 meters, is home to about 1,200 residents as well as a shipyard and a growing number of guesthouses. Before the commissioning of this facility, Gulhi relied primarily on imported water for drinking because its only natural…
Waste Heat and Membrane Distillation help Maldives Produce Drinking Water
The Aquiva Foundation has entered into a joint venture with electricity company State Electric Co Ltd in the Maldives to provide…
Four billion people face severe water scarcity, new research finds
Water shortages affecting two-thirds of world’s population for a month every year and the crisis is far worse than previously thought.
These water problems are set to worsen, according to the researchers, as population growth and increasing water use...
The Deserts Grow – People Flee
Already, millions of people worldwide are on the run , in the future there could be many more : environmental degradation and climate change are threatening entire regions in Africa and the Middle East to make uninhabitable.
World Resources Institute
A Global Tour of 7 recent Droughts
Every inhabited continent, faces extremely high water stress. That means that in certain areas more than 80 percent of the local water supply is withdrawn by businesses, farmers, residents and other consumers every year….
Californian Farmers Resign to Drought
Coburn has spent almost $4m on wells but said in some areas water plumbed from ever lower depths was often laden with salt and other minerals. “It’s like frigging chemotherapy,” he said. “You can get away with it for one year. By the third year you’re basically killing the tree.”
International Water Management Institute
The Scourge of Salt
World loosing about 2000 hectares of irrigated farmland a day. Around one fifth of irrigated land is now degraded by salt, threatening crop production in 75 countries…
If you Think the Water Crisis can´t get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers are Drained
We're pumping irreplaceable groundwater to counter the drought. When it's gone, the real crisis begins….
Water Scarcity in Africa and the Middle East
With a rising global population, increasing water use per capita and depleting reserves of groundwater, there's no doubt that blue gold, as water is sometimes called, is an increasingly precious resource. Yet despite a wealth of reports, books and films examining the problem of water scarcity, it doesn't always feature high on the agenda….
World Council for Sustainable Development
Facts on Water
Increases in water use have resulted in high environmental costs, including loss of biodiversity as well as affecting natural water systems such as rivers and aquifers. Half of the world’s wetlands have disappeared over the last century, with some rivers now no longer …
Following nature's example of evaporation and condensation
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About Aquiva Foundation
Aquiva Foundation is registered as a charity in England and Wales (1141594)
A company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (7588039)
Address: Farncombe House, Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LJ
Aquiva Foundation is a catalyst for change is the way the world access water for drinking and sustainable agricultures. Through innovative technology and business models salty sea water and groundwater will be used to bring affordable high quality water to people in need.
Special thanks to
Sarah, Duchess of York
The Duchess is very engaged in addressing health and environmental issues on this planet especially when it concerns children and their livelihood. She has been a very keen supporter of Aquiva Foundation employing her network of connections to spread the word to help solving the water crises. Here she is holding up two of the new generation distillation and condensation frames that we are using to desalinate the sea water.
Board of Trustees
Trustee / CEO
Mr. Bollen has been an entrepreneur and investor for most of his career. He has been active in the film industry, port development and the construction of giant observation wheels. When co-founding memsys clear water, the potential of this the membrane technology for relief in water distressed situations was one of his driving motivations. Memsys has pledged preferred access to its technology to the projects of Aquiva.
Haisham Ali is a Maldivian natural who has been working in different positions in business and finance. His last position was in the largest fuel import and distribution company of the Maldives. He now works as an entrepreneur in the construction industry. This gives him an excellent understanding of how to get things done in the Maldives. He has been a director of the Maldivian JV with Stelco since its inception engaging himself for the cause of sustainable water provision to the inhabited islands.
Allison Aldred has a background in management consultancy and in international development. She spent sixteen years in South Asia including seven years as Oxfam GB's Regional Director for South Asia and global Gender Lead. Allison moved to Ireland in 2008 from South Asia and is currently Head of Strategy and Impact for Trocaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Allison has a particular interest in Gender, Strategic Planning and Impact Assessment. Allison has a degree in Political Theory and an MBA. She has served as trustee and Chairperson on a number of charity Boards.
Dr. Stefan Brunner
Aquiva Foundation Germany
Stefan Brunner is an entrepreneur in the real estate and hotel industry. Ever since university, he has been involved in social and educational charity projects. He studied at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany and received his doctorate in social and economic sciences at the University of Graz, Austria. He is promoting the Aquiva Foundation in Germany and is propelled by the vision that now there is a tangible solution for the countless communities on this planet suffering from waterproblems.
David Zetland is a senior water economist in the Department of Environmental Economics and Natural Resources at Wageningen University in the Netherlands where he is working on an EU-funded project, "Evaluating Economic Policy Instruments for Sustainable Water Management in Europe." David received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis in 2008. He was a S.v. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural Resource Economics and Political Economy at UC Berkeley from 2008 to 2010. He blogs on water, economics and politics at aguanomics.com and is the author of The End of Abundance: economic solutions to water scarcity (2011). Before getting his PhD, David worked at start-ups and non-profits. He has travelled in 80 countries.
Silvia works as is a translator for Chinese and works as a Journalist. She has travelled the World extensively and is handling the communication for Aquiva Foundation.
An international development specialist known for strategic innovation and building public private partnerships that create social value and meaningful benefit, especially for the poorest. Inge has been policy advisor to governments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Most recently she was Senior Policy Advisor to ‘The Elders’, a group that included President Carter, Mary Robinson, Kofi Annan and Gro Brundtland, with the SDG’s Environment and COP21, women, peace and security as her remit. She sees water as the threat and opportunity of the future.
Registered charity in England and Wales under 1141594
Music used in the videos by Peter Winter available at: www.inuka.de